Recollections and reflections

Reminiscences, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai

I first came in contact with Subhas Bose in 1923 at Delhi when the Congress was divided into two groups over the question of what was known as 'Council Entry.'...Subhas Babu, as the favourite lieutenant of Deshabandhu, was playing a prominent part in the controversy. more>>

Broadcast from Singapore

This is the Indian National Army Shonan Broadcasting Station. We now present to you Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's special Order of the Day to the Azad Hind Fauj.

“Comrades of the Azad Hind Fauj! On this auspicious New Year's Day I want you, first of all, to look back on your achievements and on your progress since the formation of the Azad Hind Fauj. There can be no doubt whatsoever that in spite of many difficulties and drawbacks your achievements and progress have been truly remarkable. This has been possible only because of the passionate desire for freedom which inspires the Indian people today, the many-sided assistance rendered by our countrymen in East Asia, the valuable aid offered by our Allies and above all the hard work and sacrifice that you yourselves have put in. Before the end of 1943, units of the Azad Hind Fauj began moving in the direction of the Indo-Burma Frontier. On February 4, 1944, Indian's war of independence was launched in the Arakan region of Burma. On March 21, 1944, we were able to proclaim to the whole world that the Azad Hind Fauj had crossed the Eastern frontier of India and was fighting on the sacred soil of India,

Since then the fight has been going on, and in the course of that campaign many of our comrades have laid down their lives on the field of battle. The heroism and self-sacrifice of the officers and men of the Azad Hind Fauj in India's war of independence have already become a priceless heritage for the India of tomorrow; while, for the Azad Hind Fauj itself they have become a glorious and undying tradition which will serve as an inspiration for all times. Comrades! On this auspicious day I want you all to pay silent homage to our immortal heroes and to renew your solemn pledge to continue the fight until complete victory is achieved. India is calling you, the souls of your comrades are urging you on to still braver deeds, therefore, gird up your loins for the hard battle that lies ahead. There can be no rest and no pause for us until our tri-colour National Flag is hoisted over India's Metropolis. Comrades! Our immortal heroes have paid for India's liberty with their own blood, we are proud of them, but we too must be ready for that supreme sacrifice."